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, kids of their own. >> reporter: he also offered assistance and condolences to connecticut's governor during a difficult time. >> we'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. we will get through it but this is a terrible time for this community and these families. >> reporter: the community is left to wonder how this could happen in their town. >> i don't know if there's any safe place any more in this world. >> reporter: i'm maribel avert reporting. >>> we're going to bring you up to speed on what's happening. it is located around 40 miles southwest of hartford connecticut and 20 miles southeast of new york city. the population is 27,600. president obama made an announcement today. here is more of what the president had to say. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies. each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would. as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the a
happened. >> that's, again, the very latest of state police there in connecticut. pete williams, our justice correspondent, also reporting that a second suspect is in custody. we are told a suspect is being questioned with the shooting. we don't know his relationship is to all of this. amanda ross is with wvit, nbc affiliate in that area. she is standing by with the very latest. what can you tell us? >> pretty much what you heard there. we do have reports of now confirmed several students and staff were killed inside that school. the shooter also found dead inside that school. as you heard from connecticut state police lieutenant paul vance, they're now going through the process of dealing with searching that school, issuing a search warrant and going to collect evidence there. what we are told right now is that the governor of connecticut, governor dannel malloy is meeting with families and not releasing the information that we need right now is because the governor wants to make sure that the families get that information first. and of course, as we've heard, we have sources that s
the identities of the victims this morning. first we will go to sandy hook wi, connecticut with the very latest. >> good morning. this community is just beginning the process this unimaginable horror, innocent lives lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in a most unlikeliest of places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hooks stewed school. >> adam lanza seen as a teenager heading to the elementary school wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid in my class i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was scary for all of us. >> police say lanza had shot his mother at her home and he went to the school killed 26 team mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended teachers led the students single file from the schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in lines and we had to close our eyes and we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then hour teacher hold the first person'
to talk about gun control. >> exactly. countrying melvin has an update on what is happening in connecticut as we await the news conference from law enforcement and hospital officials. craig. >> hey there, andrea. just -- i heard the conversation briefly. i do want to update the numbers right now. this is, again, according to nbc at this point 4 killed, 24 killed in that school shooting including 17 children. again, as you just indicated, those numbers are expected to change, but, again, at this point, 24 killed. 17 of them are children. we are awaiting a news conference as well. there are numerous injuries as well as you might imagine. this is newtown, connecticut, for folks who are not familiar. this town is roughly about 27,000, 28,000 folks who live there. i live roughly 15, 20 minutes away from newtown, connecticut. it's a very small town, and this is one of those stories that affects you in a very personal -- even if you don't have children, for instance, one of our directors who works here at msnbc, i just saw him before i came out here. he was rushing home. he has a daught
, connecticut, 50 miles southwest of connecticut state capital, and 60 miles from our studio in new york city. cops identified the shooter as 24-year-old man, ryan lanza. police say at 9:30 they received an emergency call from the school right after the school, or around the town the school usually looks the doors. the killer, dressed in mock military gear, armed with two guns as he opened fire inside the school. his victims? teachers and children. >> we spotted the troopers and the newtown police entered the school and me began a complete active shooter seven including checking every door and every crack and every portion of the school. our objective was to evacuate as quickly as possible. >> officials have not confirmed the number of dead saying that they are in the process of notifying families. the officials said the shooter died inside the school. it is unclear if he took his own life or if police killed him. there are reports that the man's mother was found dead and investigators are questioning a second person. this is a developing story. jonathan hunt is live in newtown, connecticut t
>> let me begin expressing gratitude to the people of newtown, people of connecticut, president of the united states and frankly -- >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in new york tonight. let's take you back to newtown, connecticut, where press conference has just begun. the connecticut governor malloy. listen in. >> children, beautiful, beautiful children. who had simply come to school to learn. >> their day ended a different way than we could have imagined. as we stand here today we can't imagine what transpired there. evil visited this community today. it's too early to speak of recovery. but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that connecticut, we're all in this together. we'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. we will get through it. but this is a terrible time for this community and for these families. our police personnel and others are doing the utmost to clear this situation as soon as possible. to return these children to their parents. or these loved ones to their fellow loved ones as quickly as possible. we'l
. a vigil wrapped up in newtown connecticut where the community remembered the victims of today's massacre at sandy hook elementary school. authorities identified the shooter at 20-year-old adam lanza. he reportedly had a history of mental illness. we have learned police found more guns on campus. we have news reporters covering all angles of this story. including who the shooter was. but we have jennifer davis. >> reporter: there was also a filled to capacity crowd here for a vigil earlier this evening. clearly this town is very much still struggling with what happened here earlier today. as is much of the country even the president was wiping away tears. >> it's identifying the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. they say he is the one who killed more than two dozen people including himself in this massacre. 20 of his victims were little children. >> there were 18 children who were pronounced dead at the school. there were two that were transported to area hospitals and pronounced dead at area hospitals. >> reporter: among the dead the gunman's mother who worked as a teacher at this schoo
in newton connecticut. he is expressing sympathies to the family as well as pledging federal support for state and local enforcement. hearing from the governor, daniel malloy speaking shortly and we understand he he speaking with a lot of the families, numerous children taken to hospitals but we don't know the status, whether they are injured or deceased as a result of the shooting this morning. once again, we want to show you pictures from the scene outside of the school. you can see just a lot of people standing there, some ambulances and cars and law enforcement and parents and teachers basically in shock about what happens. it happened at 9:44 this morning when a gunman walked into the school and opened fire. there was a call to 911 reporting the emergency and when police started to arrive at the scene. there were numerous children who heard what sounded like they said maybe some cans falling on the ground. they thought maybe the janitor had knocked something over and police came to the classroom and said is he in here and told them to get in a safe place and children were hidin
? show me where. >>> that is lieutenant paul vance of the connecticut state police wrapping up the latest news conference in the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. hard bitten officers, they're devastated by what happened when they found, when they walked in to an elementary school where at least one gunman walked in to that building and opened fire this morning. 26 innocent people are dead. 20 of them children. i'm john scott. thank you for joh joining us for the special coverage of the breaking story. this is what we know so far. it happened after 9:30 a.m. eastern time at sandy hook elementary school as classes got underway. federal law enforcement officers are telling fox news that adam lanza was found dead at the scene. his brother is in custody in hoboken, new jersey. their mother found dead at her house in connecticut. the f.b.i. confirms two pistols and m-4 rifle found at the scene. police have been updating through the day. and much of the information has been changing frankly. three people rushed to the hospital, teacher and two children are all expected to be okay. the teacher wa
, connecticut. >> good morning. any minute we expect police will release the names of the victims as the community begins to process the unimaginable horror of students lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in the most unlikeliest places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hook school. caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> authorities say 20-year-old adam lanza seen as a teenager here came to the school wearing a bulletproofed vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. they have recovered more than 3 weapons. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid inside of my class, i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was really scary for all of us. >> hours before police say lanza had shot his mother in her home and headed to the school where he killed 26 people mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended they led students to a schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in a line and we had to close ou
, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
. >> reporter: i'm listening right now to the town bells ringing here in newtown, connecticut. i'm not sure why they are ringing but this community has come together to mourn together for this tragedy that happened at the school here. we've got much more ahead on our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting which starts right now. >>> and it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning we'll be updating victims and the investigation here in newtown, connecticut. we now know the name of the shooter and dig into what was behind this monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspect's house. it is saturday, december 15th. i want to say good morning to everyone. it's not a good morning, it's a difficult morning, but we are spending it together here. i'm john berman. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live from newtown, connecticut. and i want to bring in my colleague, ali velshi. hey, ali. >> reporter: john, it's a sad morning and will get sadder in a few moments.
. >>> tonight online lion a day of heartache in connecticut the first of the victims of the school shooting are laid to rest and a nation grieves with this small town. >>> plus the investigation, new details about the shooter, his mother, and his weapons as those who knew him come forward. >> she asked me to always keep an eye on him and never turn my back on him. >> and president obama declares. >> these tragedies must end. >> asking alamerican if we are doing enough to keep our children safe. but is washington doing enough? >> from the global resources of abc news, this is a special edition of "nightline," tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >> i'm cynthia mcfadden. today the first of far too many funerals in a small community changed by tragedy. three days ago 20 children and six adults were killed in a connecticut elementary school, a mass shooting that sent shock waves of degree across the country. abc's juju chang reports from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school is closed tomorrow. and when the children return it will be to a different
the whole nation realizes it can happen to them. it could happen to newton-- newtown, connecticut, an idyllic community, it can happen anywhere in this country. it doesn't mean it's going to happen, doesn't mean it's a prevalent crime, it isn't. this is not the way most children, god forbid are going to be hurt or injured. other ways to get hurt or injured and we have to pay attention to. this is so horrific and so arbitrary it could happen to any one of us and all of us have this nightmare about our children and that's why i think this whole country is together on this. >> and certainly those parents are going to be second guessing lots of decisions. >> i can't imagine, you know. >> and that's being a father and i can't imagine how you -- i couldn't imagine it during september 11th or many other times how you live with in, horrible. >> those answers are yet to come in the days ahead. we are going to continue our conversation with mayor guiliani in just a bit and continuing coverage of the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut just ahead. get married, have a couple of k
at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. 20 children all ages 6 and 7 died along with 6 adults. all were shot multiple times at close range by an assault rifle. investigators also say the shooter forced his way into the school and about an hour ago, president obama announced he will attend a memorial service tomorrow in newtown. >>> cbs reporter ines ferre is live in newtown, connecticut where investigators are piecing together what happened. ines. >> reporter: well, ann, it's been a day of mourning here in newtown and across the nation as families are grieving the loss of loved ones and a community tries to pull together. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenaz came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was sh
. >> innocence lost. a young survivor of the connecticut school shooting recalling the scary moments of a national tragedy. >> welcome to mornings on 2. >> more details are coming out about the tragic shooting at a connecticut elementary school where 20 children were killed. >> john is live now in connecticut where people throughout the state have converged this morning to mourn the dead. >> reporter: we are in -- sandy hook rights here, across from the volunteer fire department. you can see quite a bit of activity. police, firefighters, 24 hours ago it was a different scene, children were running here from their school just around the corner, sandy hook elementary to this fire station after being told by police this is where they can come to be safe because of what was happening in the school. it was a scene of chaos and horror, terrified children, hundreds of them coming here. this morning much calmer, no chaos. nothing horrible but still the memory of what happened yesterday. now, the police are here obviously, state police still here. the investigation continues at the school.
>> an interfaith prayer vigil wrapped up in newtown, connecticut just over an hour ago. that's the location where 20 children and 6 adults were killed in an elementary school shooting. more than 2000 people packed the high school to hear president obama offer words of comfort and condolences on behalf of the entire country. tory dunnan is live in newtown, connecticut. prayers >> the lord is my shepard. i shall not want >>reporter: and 26 candles.for the 26 lives lost. in newtown, connecticut sunday night, more than two thousand people gathered to grieve and to mourn. after meeting with the families of those gunned down inside sandy hook elementary school, president obama tried to offer comfort in the aftermath of an unthinkable ahoy crime. >> oi am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow or can heal your wounded hearts, i can only hope it helps that you know you are not alone in your grief >>reporter: outside the high school and around newtown, there are memorials. candles, teddy bears and momentos left by people who traveled many >> to let ever
american will struggle to come to grips with what happened today in a small community in connecticut. sandy hook elementary school in the small community of about 27,000 residents was the site of a shooting rampage. at this hour we know 26 people at the school were shot and killed by a lone gunman. 20 of those deceased were children. surviving students and their parents said teachers ordered children to hide in closets. witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots, as many as 100 rounds. police found the shooter dead. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in ame
of 20 children and six school staff members killed in connecticut. president obama says this is not just an issue for lawmakers and law enforcement. he says it's going to take all americans standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. >> with what took place in connecticut, many citizens are feeling a driving force to come out and speak in opposition to the gun violence which plagues our country. >> some people we spoke with tonight support an all-out gun ban. others say there should be a way to cut down on the violence while still protecting the secretary amount. in newtown, the last of the school shooting victims has now been late to rest. 17-year-old josephine gay was remembered today. she was born in columbia, maryland. anna martinez green was also buried. and in utah, the funeral of six- year-old emily parker was held. the town covered in pink as her parents asked people to wear pink. >> the unite the way announced that funds reached $2.2 million. >>> across the nation, there has ben an outpouring of support and -- there has been an outpouring of support and love from across
adults victim of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, parent told us they were in a meeting yesterday with the principal and vice principal along with mary sherlock when they heard the loud pop, pop, pop, they went to check that out in the hallway. sherlock and the principal didn't return alive. just a very solemn outcome to that. sherlock was part of a team that was really relied upon there at sandy hook elementary. she was part of the school's crisis intervention team, ali. so even in a time like this when people are turning to those for comfort, she's no longer with us. ali? >> yeah, sad story. nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. thanks, nick. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm in newtown, connecticut, about a block away from the school which is roughly behind me. a block away from the scene of the horrible massacre. here's what we know right now. in about an hour, officials are expected to start releasing the names of the victims. we've learned the names of two of the adults, the principa
>>> we are live in sandy hook connecticut two days after this tragedy. >> we now see their faces and know their names. the innocent lives lost in the newtown shooting. >>> at surround services across the country thoughts, messages, and prayers will be said in honor of the connecticut shooting victims. how churches in the bay area are responding. mornings on 2 starts now. >>> good morning, welcome to mornings on 2 i'm congress congress. >> and i'm dave stevenson. >> we could have a few light showers moving into parts of the bay area. not a lot of coverage to show you right now with the bulk of the action up to the north. even if you are not covered we could still have spotty sprinkles or drizzle. as far as temperatures this is the key change. warmer than yesterday at this time. temperatures right now basically matching yesterday's high. santa rosa 44 degrees. oakland 48. san jose 47 degrees. as far as shower chances here we are 10:00 this morning and we do bring in the chance but this forecast model really brings in more rain later on into the evening hours. we'll highlight that t
in newtown, connecticut. a search warrant is being conducted in hoboken, new jersey. that's where he lived. we know that shortly after 9:30 this morning, walked in to the mother's kindergarten classroom and opened fire. he killed her an he also killed at least 18 children. that's the latest. we'll continue right now. "the cycle" will pick things up from here. >>> 3:00 here in new york. five hours and 90 miles from the mass shooting. we have been following it for you throughout the day ones ms. speaking of newtown, population 27,000, reeling this afternoon along with a stunned nation, after a gunman opened fire just after the start of class this morning. federal sources say he was 24 years old with two guns and shot dead. the suspect reportedly from hoboken made the hour or so trip up north to sanly hook elementary school where his mother taught kindergarten. we're hearing that victims were found inside the kindergarten classroom and inside the principal's office. new jersey governor chris christie expected to speak momentarily about the suspect. connecticut's governor up live this hour, a
young children at a connecticut elementary school. tory dunnan joins us from newtown with new information on the victims. >>reporter:27 people were killed yesterday. most of them. children just 6 and 7 years old. we can now put names and faces to those killed at sandy hook elementary school. among them, 27-year- old first grade teacher, victoria soto. her family says she died trying to protect her students. robbie parker lost his daugter emilie. >> "she always had something kind to say about anybody. she is an incredible person and i am so blessed to be her dad." >>reporter: the state medical examiner said he believes all the children killed were first graders as police continue to search for evidence in every "crack and crevice" of the school, the community is trying to figure out just how to cope. " when tragedies like this occur, people often look for answers, an explanation of how this could have occurred. but the sad truth is, there are no answers. no good ones, anyway." "the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school is a stark contrast to the feel you get walking thr
from the heart breaking shooting in newtown, connecticut. a long and intense investigation is underway, searching for answers what would cause someone to shoot up a school killing 26 people, so many of them children. >> and just this morning, authorities are saying that gunman adam lanza wasn't voluntarily let inside the school, but rather, he forced his way armed with multiple weapons and now town officials are saying the principal was killed trying to stop lanza and saying they have quote, good evidence in this case. hello, i'm uma pemmaraju. >> kelly: and i'm kelly wright and we begin a special edition of america's news headquarters which begins right now and we'll go right to newtown, connecticut. state police there wrapping up a press conference just a short time ago. our molly line is standing by live near sandy hook elementary school with the latest on the investigation, molly. >> there's a broad expectation of grief and at some point the names of victims will be released today. we do know that all of the victims' bodies have been identified and removed from the school and offer
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
, in for shepard smith. we're live in newtown, connecticut, small town, 90 minutes north of manhattan that right now is dealing with the aftermath of an unspeakable crime. the murder of innocent children. it happened at sandy hook elementary, connecticut state police saying a gunman walked into that k through fourth grade school earlier today, around 9:30 local time, and opened fire. investigators say he murdered 20 children and six adults. >> the kids were terrified. they were terrified. they had just witnessed something and they terrified. >> many of them were friends of ours and people we socialize with. it's painful right now. >> 20 children. this image shows connecticut state police leading children away from the school, each of their small hands on the shoulders of the children in front of them as they walk from the scene where a mad man killed their friends. this woman was on the phone waiting to hear about her sister a teacher at the school. we do not know tonight what happened to her sister, whether or not she's alive or among the dozens of dead inside that building. reports indicate th
brought more details about friday's shooting in connecticut and the lives that were lost. and we should let you know, those details are troubling. the medical examiner has now identified all the victims killed yesterday at sandy hook elementary school. 20 children ages 6 and 7 died along with 6 adults. all were shot multiple times at close range with an assault rifle, not handguns as reported yesterday. investigators also say the shooter forced his way into the school although they have not given specifics as to how. and about two hours ago, president obama announced he will attend a memorial service tomorrow in newtown. tonight the mourning is well under way. in the past two hours this vigil was held for victoria soto, the first grade teacher shot while trying to shield her first grade students from the gunman. her family says she lost her life doing what she loved. she was 27 years old. a live report from sandy hook in a moment but first, cbs 5 reporter don knapp is at a vigil in san francisco's dolores park. don. >> reporter: ann, even though we are a continent away from what happene
news stories like what happened in connecticut, of course, tend to cast a shadow on all the other news out there, and understandably so, but there was lots of other news out there today. "first look" is next. s. >>> right now on "first look" two of the youngest victims are laid to rest as new details emerge this morning about connecticut shooter adam lanza. his relationship with his estranged father and his mother's pesky alimony check. >>> gun sales may be on the rise in the wake of sandy hook as more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort dogs in newtown, obama and boehner wheel and deal. >>> good morning. this morning we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later divorced in 2009. though they shared custody, peter lanza said adam lanza stopped visiting him and cut off all conversation with him in 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. according to divoce docu
the horror today in a small town in connecticut. good evening i'm dan ashley. as you probably know by now this has been a horrific day. gunman slaughtered 27 people including 20 young children in a killing spree at elementary school in newtown, connecticut before ultimately taking his own life. in newtown overflow crowd tonight at the church as the community tries come to grip with what happened there. vigil were held all over the country including arizona, washington, texas, wisconsin and hear in the bay area naturally. the shooter has been identified as which-year-old adam lanza of hoboken, new jersey. he was an honor student who may have suffered from personality disorder armed with 4 weapons and was wearing a bullet proof vest when he marched on to that campus with the intent to kill. witnesses say he didn't upary word. we have steps i have coverage on this tonight. chris cuomo takes us through what happened. >> this morning the sandy hook elementary ask full of kids concerned about christmas. then at 9:40 am shots rang out. >> all units the individual that i have on the phone con
today. >> i'm chris wallace. a deadly grade school shooting in connecticut leaves officials, parents, and the nation searching for answers. >> the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> we'll have live reports from the scene with the latest on the investigation and the victims. we'll talk with police, parents of some of the children who attend the school. and with the state's long-time senator joe lieberman. >> then will there be a new push on capitol hill for cuffer gun control? we hear the same calls after every mass shooting. but will the horrific nature of this crime change the debate? we'll ask democratic senator dick durbin and republican congressman lieu ego merit. we'll also look at what we can do better to protect our children when we talk with ronald stevens, one of the nation's top experts on school safety. >> chris: and our sunday panel weighs in on a crime of mass violence that is becoming much too familiar. >> our special school tragedy coverage begins right now on "fox news sunday." and hello aga
. >> mourners here in the shattered newtown, connecticut town of 27,000 held the first two funerals for the young victims on friday's school massacre. the first of 20 funerals for children. after the worst grade school massacre our country has ever seen. i am bill hemmer here for shepard smith. the vigils and memorials are hemmed for the 26 people for those who died at sandy hook elementary school. president obama consoled the families and survivors telling a weeping crowd that he will use all the powers his office can bear to keep something like this from happening once again. >> the investigation continues. the tight knit community and everyone across the country trying to understand the "why." why a 20-year-old young man who was smart enough to take college courses at the age of 16 could commit such a heinous crime? why a well-to-do mother would have a collection of heavy duty weapons which police say her son used to shoot her in the head, four times, that morning, in her pajamas before he took the same guns to the school to kill innocent children. the guns were her way to connec
night say what happened on friday in newtown, connecticut, is just part of living in the free society of america. chuck todd is nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director, and chris cillizza is managing editor of gentlemen, i know we all saw this. this is what we used to call the topic sentence. i think this was the most telling, action-oriented piece of what the president said last night up in connecticut. let's listen to it now. >> in the coming weeks, i will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard? are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> chuck todd, you know, gun control was probably not in many politicians' son
by tragedy. three days ago 20 children and six adults were killed in a connecticut elementary school, a mass shooting that sent shock waves of degree across the country. abc's juju chang reports from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school is closed tomorrow. and when the children return it will be to a different campus. the town is covered with memorials like this one that take on a feeling of a sacred sight as people make pilgrimages from all over. under a cold steady rain, a wave of communal grief washes over newtown. memorials growing in sets of 20 for the children. 20 christmas trees, 20 poinsettias, 20 angels. today the first funerals in a found whose faith is being tested in ways it could never have imagined. >>> for six-year-old jack pinto a huge new york giants fan. and noah pozner whose sister survived in another classroom. the rabbi struggled for the right words. today a much tougher task, a eulogy for a six-year-old as a woman collapsed outside in grief, the rabbi inside tried to find words to comfort noah's grieving mother. >> i looked at her and said i p
connecticut shooter adam lanza. his relationship with his estranged father and his mother's pesky alimony check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: g
-stricken community of newtown, connecticut says its first goodbyes to two young victims in last week's school shooting. >>> it's also the first day back at school after friday's tragedy. what bay area schools are doing to calm nervous parents and students. >> reporter: we're live in the sunset district where a family is shaken up after a forced home-invasion robbery. we'll tell you what police are looking for and what the robbers got away with. >>> rain out there. but this is shaping up to be a very, very active week. we'll explain it all. it's time now for -- for "mornings on 2." that's the show! >>> well, good morning. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm tori campbell. it's monday, december 17th. >>> today, two of the young victims in friday's deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut will be laid to rest. funeral services are planned for 6-year-old noah pozner and jack pinto. jack was a big fan of new york giants' star victor cruz and yesterday during the giants' game cruz wore jack's name on his uniform in his honor. noah is the youngest victim. he had ju
. these connecticut parents had dropped off their kids for a typical friday at school. then about 9:30 in the morning, they received robo calls and text messages. sandy hook elementary school was put on alert. >> i just got a message saying -- from the superintendent that there was -- there was an unconfirmed shooting and, you know, everybody is in lock down. >> i was a little scared. i felt sick to my stomach. >> reporter: a gunman was firing away as teachers went into lockdown and parents rushed to the scene. >> i heard screaming. and so we -- we went -- like we went to the wall and we sat down and then police came in. it's like is he in here? then he ran out. then our teacher -- then somebody yelled get to a safe place. >> inside, children were hiding as a gunman fired away. >> they were cryin in the closet. in the closet of the art room. and eventually, they were leaving and when they were leaving, the police made them hold hands. the police told them to close their eyes. >> told to keep their eyes closed because a gunman was on a killing spree, killing the principal, a counselor, child after chi
of connecticut, as well. trying to piece this all together, why did she have those guns? how did he get them? >> just one area i know will be a huge topic of conversation for days and months to come. another big question for so many the names of these children. there are 20 children who died. there are six adults who died in the school. there's nancy, the mother who died in her residence. when will we find out the official identities of these victims? >> right. law enforcement authorities are telling us it will be tomorrow morning. they expect to be releasing the identities. they have been working diligently to check, double check and triple check that they have all of the right people and obviously that everyone, members of the family have been notified. expect to hear that in the morning. >> so sad to see by exclusion they have made the identities obvious to family members who did not get reunited with their children but the positive i.d.s they talked about a forensic project they will be working on where the children's bodies are. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> you are welcome. >
, connecticut. he walked out of marine one after delivering an emotional tribute to the victims of the tragedy. he called on the nation to change so another mass shooting like this one never happens again. >> olivia, josephine. >> more than 900 mourners that packed the high school heard emotional obama admit the country has faild him. >> this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shooting. >> he will use the power of presidency like the massacre at sandy hook elementary school. >> these tragedies must end. to end them we must change. >> outside an emotional reaction from the shattered community to the president's visit. >> it was very touching, it did mean a lot. >> we have six kids. that is how we will be judged. >> new and chilling details about adam lanza's past have emerged. according to the governor the rampage ended ten minutes after it began when lanza where he opened fire heard wailing sirens from law enforcement approaching and shot himself once in the head. >> we surmise it was during the second classroom episode that he heard res
connecticut. newtown bee reporting one child was carried out by a police officer and apparently the child was wounded. how we do not know and seriousness is not clear either. >> it says dozens of state troopers are on the scene. they're assisting local police. heavily-armed police gathered around the school at 10:45. this is all so recent. stretchers have been set up and saging area set up for the parents of students in the school. very terrifying situation in newtown area. our coverage will continue. bill: coverage continues on "happening now.". jenna: if you're just joining us a school shooting in connecticut. still uncon fermed details. this happened at sandy hook elementary school about hour and a half ago. according to wires and local reports we're getting some information there are several injuries at this elementary school this friday morning. a few details about this area. this place, this newtown, township, in connecticut is about 60 miles from new york city. it's a town of less than 30,000 people. so small community and a small elementary school at that we're trying to
,000 teens across the country. live in newton, connecticut, john sasaki, ktvu channel 2 news. >> he was also laid to rest today. he was a bright boy who liked to read and figure out how things worked. his twin sister survived the shooting. she was in a different classroom. family says he rougherred her -- referred to her as his best friend. >> some schools are rethinking security, ktvu's david stevenson joins us now. >> reporter: this san francisco school has long kept posted the rules it hopes that will keep students safe but today other grade levels are looking at campus security. >> reporter: as students enjoyed a break, officials were busy reviewing their emergency plans in the wake of the sandy hook elementary school massacre. >> pull kids out of the hallway, lock doors, stay away from windows, wait for law enforcement. >> reporter: the focus on security isn't limited to elementary school students. >> every school age and every developmental age is different for how you address this. >> reporter: they expected some students to be too upset to take finals today. >> wasn't any heavy absen
of the children got to his house telling him what he saw. people in newton, connecticut gathered for the first of many funerals. >> reporter: some of the schools here in newton, connecticut will reopen as the community continues to grieve. carrying a tiny coffin to its final resting place, this scene will become too familiar in newton, connecticut in the coming days as family and friends say good-bye to loved ones. two six-year-olds, jack pinto and noah pozner were laid to rest. >> your heart has toache -- to ache. >> reporter: support is pouring in from around the country. >> amazing people that far away care about us. >> reporter: this community is beginning the task of moving forward. monday trucks arrived to move supplies from sandy hook elementary school to another school where the children will resume classes. the tragedy sparked a debate over gun control in a culture of violence in america. >> gun violence is a national tragedy that demands more than words. that is why we need immediate nation action. >> we haven't done enough to fulfill our number one obligation to protect our children
>> tonight outpouring of grief in sandy hook connecticut. memorandum to last week school shooting continues to grow even that the late hour. good evening i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carry written johnson. begin with the latest information coming out of newtown, connecticut. students in the newtown school district will return to classes tomorrow. they took monday off to mourn the 20 children and 6 adults killed at sandy hook elementary on friday. all schools in the district will have increased security. investigators have not yet said what sparked the shooting ramp page. they did tell reporters 2 female employee shot friday survive. investigators previously said there was just one wounded survivor. funerals are scheduled all week for those who lost their lives in the attack. earlier today service marking the passing of 6-year-old the and twin sister in another classroom during the shooting. she survived. >> second funeral today was held for another young victim another child just 6 years old. laura is live from sandy hook where jack pnt 0was laid to rest. laura. >>reporter: h
unclear when those students will return to class. reporting in newtown, connecticut, i'm daniel leigh, back to you. >> thank you. >>> it may be surprising to some, but in the wake of friday's devastating shooting rampage, gun retailers across the country are reporting a surge of gun sales due to fears of stricter gun control laws. haas night nancy pelosi called for just that. >> the voices of reason cannot be silent. through administrative action we must limit the proliferation of weapons and ammunitions that have no other purpose than to kill citizens. >> as the debate over gun control heats up, the newtown tragedy could be a new tipping point for some pro gun control lawmakers. >> reporter: the numbers are striking, 8,500 people die each year in gun violence. since columbine, nearly 14 years ago, more than 30 mass murders involving guns. the list is chilling. >> shame on nra. >> reporter: as protesters gathered outside offices in washington, the nra again declined to comment on the debate, but there were signs that the sandy hook massacre has impacted capitol hill. >> as your senato
, i'm ali velshi and you are watching cnn special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live as i say from pennsylvania. it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning, we'll bring you updates on the victims and the investigation. we now know the name of the newtown shooter. we'll dig in on what was behind his monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspected gunman's house. >>> i'm here in newtown, pennsylvania. behind me some distance is the school at which this tragic shooting took place. we have this story covered from all angles. i want to bring in my colleague john berman in newtown, in the town square. john, bring us up to speed on what we've seen since yesterday evening. >> hey, ali, i'm standing in front of the st. rose of lima church where last night there was an emotional vigil with about 1,000 people here. residents poured in for the 26 victims of this tragic attack. of course, 20 children were killed, six adults, all at the elementary school. and we're learning more about
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